Joe Biden outlines what it would take for him to drop out of Presidential race in critical interview

Joe Biden outlines what it would take for him to drop out of Presidential race in critical interview

Joe Biden hit back at those calling on him to quit

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Dan Falvey

By Dan Falvey


Published: 06/07/2024

- 09:02

The President said 'no one is more qualified' to be President than him

Joe Biden hit back at those demanding he quit the presidential race last night as he gave a crunch make-or-break interview in a bid to salvage his candidacy.

The Democratic nominee admitted his performance in the CNN debate last week had been a "bad episode" but rejected claims it was down to age.


"No indication of any serious condition. I was exhausted," he told ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos in a taped interview in Madison, Wisconsin.

"I didn't listen to my instincts in terms of preparing and - and a bad night."

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Joe Biden hit back at those calling on him to quit

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Refusing to listen to calls for him to drop out of the race, Biden said there was only one condition on which he would consider quitting the battle ahead of November.

He said: "If the Lord Almighty comes out and tells me that I might do that."

"I don't think anyone is more qualified," he said when discussing why he should be President.

Responding to a question on how he would feel if he stays in the race, and Trump wins, the 81-year-old said: "I'll feel as long as I gave it my all and I did as good a job as I know I can do, that’s what this is about."

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Joe Biden described last week's debate as a 'bad night'

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The interview was hastily arranged in a bid to quell concerns about the President's cognitive ability following his dire performance in the debate against Trump.

However, questions continue to linger.

"I don't see how he (Biden) lasts the week as the nominee," a senior House Democratic aide said after watching a clip of the interview.

Meanwhile, Ron Fournier, senior adviser with communications agency Truscott Rossman and former White House correspondent, wrote on social media: "I've seen enough."

He added: "It hard to imagine this good man beating Trump and serving four more years in the most demanding job on Earth."

Biden's ABC interview followed a defiant statement issued by the President yesterday afternoon in which he attempted to end any claims he could quit.

The Commander-in-Chief said: "Let me say this as clearly as I can: I'm the sitting President of the United States.

"I'm the nominee of the Democratic party. I'm staying in the race."

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